Calling out Helly
RHP Alex Cobb gave good buddy points to LHP David Price, who came to watch the first two innings of his Monday morning simulated game against minor-leaguers. Cobb noted that LHP Matt Moore had an excuse as he was moving into his Tampa apartment, and that RHP Chris Archer came out for his previous minor-league outing. Among the core group of starters, that left RHP Jeremy Hellickson unaccounted for. "The only one slacking a little bit is Helly," Cobb said. "He had no excuse, he should have been here."
All checked out
Manager Joe Maddon was planning a less eventful off day than last spring, when he had his first colonoscopy. That exam revealed a few polyps, but Maddon said Sunday he had a follow-up before camp this year that was good and is now clear for five years. Also, he did a PSA for colorectal cancer awareness that will start airing soon.
The Rays took a little off the top (and sides and back) to raise funds and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation on Sunday, as 29 players and coaches, and 70 staffers overall from principal owner Stuart Sternberg down, had their heads shaved, their third straight year participating in the Cut for a Cure program. Manager Joe Maddon said having Ava, a 5-year-old patient, help with the shaving made it even more poignant: "You're a dad, you have kids, and you're a grandparent, so it really smacks you. … So any little thing we can do as an organization to help, we're very happy to be able to do so." The Rays are selling the Fortune Favors the Bald T-shirts for $15.99 at team stores and by phone (813-228-7157, ext. 0) with proceeds to PCF. To donate, see pcfcutforacure.org.
Quote of the day
"I only left about 2 percent maybe."
Principal owner Stuart Sternberg, on getting his head just about shaved.
Who is this Ray?
Florida native who lived in Japan and New Mexico growing up. Plays baseball left-handed and golfs right-handed. Was eighth-round draft pick by Rays.
The dish Rays at Twins
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers
Tickets: $16-40, available via twinsbaseball.com, toll-free 1-800-338-9467
Pitchers: Rays — LH Matt Moore, Brandon Gomes, Brad Boxberger; Twins — RH Phil Hughes, relievers TBA
Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
LHP Matt Moore starts tonight "trying to build off of last time" when he made some progress with his challenging mechanics.
Wednesday: at Orioles, 1:05. Rays — RH Mark Lowe; Orioles — TBA
Thursday: Twins, 7:05. Rays — TBA; Twins — TBA
Friday: Blue Jays, 1:05. Rays — LH David Price; Jays — TBA
All games 1:05 unless noted
23 at Red Sox
24 at Twins
25 Red Sox
26 Orioles 7:05
27 at Orioles, 7:05
28 at Tigers
29 at AA Montgomery (Ala.), 3:05
Who is this Ray: LH Matt Moore
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Marc Topkin, Times staff writer